I Want to Be a Secretary
DISCUSSES CLERICAL APTITUDES & POINTS OUT THE PREPARATION NEEDED BEFORE ONE CAN BECOME A SECRETARY.
Ken Smith sez: Great title, but the muddled soundtrack and bargain basement production of this early Coronet effort make it less satisfying than other Òcareer womanÓ films. The stilted interaction between the aspiring secretary and her various elders is okay, but nothing to write a memo about. This film's soundtrack was re-recorded when it was re-scripted and re-edited down to a 10-minute version in 1951. It was then remade in 1954 as the less-dogmatic Do I Want To Be A Secretary?
SECRETARIES CLERICAL WOMEN WORKERS CAREERS OFFICES EMPLOYERS LABOR HUMOR WORLD WAR II
Subject: Substance Abuse c.1941
Those were not hookahs on the counselor and the manager's desks. Those were Dictaphones. They had a wax drum that had to be erased manually. That girl would surely have to learn that tedious task.
In my next life I think I wanta be a secretary and (God willing) ... have good teeth and a big pair.
Great film. The actors are as stiff as a board. Very Midwest.
Subject: PC Reviewers Shut-Up - Fan
PS I have been an Admin Assistant/Secretary/sometimes slave for 18 years and it's been a BLAST!!!!!
YOU GO, OUT OF STONE...
Subject: It's 1941 people.
That's about it. Keep it in perspective, it's the 40s.
Subject: PC reviewers shut up
I thought they took the 1:40 bus.
But the secretary at the office is saying good morning to everyone on the phone.
Unless it's supposed to be 1:40am.
Subject: Don't bother to apply if...
If you want a job that has real importance, though you must try to grow male genitalia. Perhaps hormone therapy might help.
Subject: clack clack clack
Subject: A woman's place is in the typing pool
"The girls need supervision as the filing is quite complex..."
"You may even find a man doing this work but girls are preferred for routine tasks..."
June, highly personable, attractive, intelligent, and near on a straight A student, seems to be set on a routine career and the counsellor doesn't seem to object too much apart from suggesting she looks at some sec to the manger type openings. In today's world, someone like June would be heading to be the manager herself, an executive in publishing, or some high flying PR role.
The 1950's version was poorly dubbed and the acting quite stilted although that didn't really detract too much from the period atmosphere.
Incidentally, the blank stare from June at the end, as referred to by Redalicat, is typical of a touch typist studying the copy rather than the carriage or the keyboard. I don't think it's any indication of boredom, though in her case she should be destined for higher things.
It's a short film and worth watching.
Subject: Bad Acting Theater meets The Typing Pool